A glimpse at the future of air travel

Earlier this week, planemaker EADS released pictures of a futuristic aircraft it is currently working on – a hypersonic jet that could take you from London to Tokyo in only two hours! One ‘small’ issue though: you’ll have to wait at least 40 years before boarding the airplane in question, as it has yet to be built and made available for commercial flights…

 


Image credit: PA
A model of an electric plane by EADS on display at the Paris Air Show

 

In the meantime, why not try and find out what flying could be like in the next few decades?

[See also: Unlikely product to be used at plane fuel]

Other manufacturers have, in the past few months, unveiled their own plans of new designs, giving us an idea of what aircraft, cabins and seats could look like in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the projects…

Airbus’ new Concept Cabin

Last week, Airbus revealed its own design for a futuristic plane. What’s new with this one? First of all, it features a see-through cabin allowing people to enjoy great views while on a flight. Also, in case passengers get bored, they will be able to use services on the aircraft including virtual golf in the “interactive zone”. One thing we should mention though – it looks like we will also have to wait about 40 years to book our ticket on this new plane!

 


Image credit: Airbus S.A.S.
X-ray of the Concept Cabin (artist’s impression)

 

 


Image credit: Airbus S.A.S.
Airbus’ transparent cabin

 

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Futuristic plane seats

Last April, games fans were pleased to discover designs for new airline seats strangely called “NFW” (i.e. Not For Wimps). The round-shaped seats, which feature a screen and are to be used as a gaming station, also allow passengers to use their own devices. Created by Contour Aerospace Ltd and Factorydesign, the seats were unveiled at Germany’s Aircraft Interiors Expo.

 


Image credit: CMS Strategic
Sit back and relax… or play games

 

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NASA’s planes of the future

Earlier this year, NASA released images of three concepts for planes that could potentially be seen flying in 2025. The designs were developed by three different teams – Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company – who were asked to further investigate their projects during the course of the year. Take a look at the three projects the teams are working on:

 


Image credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin
The model designed by American defence firm Lockheed Martin looks rather similar to existing passenger planes.

 

 


Image credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman
US defence company Northrop Grumman has opted for a three-part aircraft – a rather unusual design for a plane.

 

 


Image credit: NASA/The Boeing Company
Boeing’s proposal of a blended-wing design recalls already existing models previously launched by the company.

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